As of the end of June, 7,217 people are waiting on home support packages in the country.
An outbreak of infection earlier this year saw eight babies affected – with the death of one infant referred to the coroner.
Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west ‘is a real concern’
In May, Harris spoke to representatives of the HSE about why abortion services are available in just half of maternity hospitals and units.
The Health Department said it will be asking the HSE to fully implement abortion services in all maternity hospitals and units by September.
The health minister plans to have the medicinal cannabis access scheme up and running in the summer.
A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.
Last month, it was reported that the Rotunda would not provide abortions for women at more than 11 weeks’ gestation.
The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment recommended free contraception for all women.
The Department of Health said it may review its policy given its difficulty in sourcing cannabis product.
‘Change is coming,’ writes Health Minister Simon Harris following the passing of abortion legislation through the Dáil.
From 12 November 2019, ads for alcohol in the cinema will also be banned except for over 18s movies.
Figures show 1,300 letters were sent to women asking them to consent to be included in the review by RCOG.
Thousands of women across the world have suffered complications after having a vaginal mesh device implanted.